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City Hall Artful Action Day

Join Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) on June 5th as they head to City Hall to express their concern with arts education in the School District of Philadelphia.


Some Philadelphians have arts advocacy down to a fine art. On June 5, The Picasso Project will run “Worried About Education: City Hall Artful Action Day.” Andrew Jackson School (1213 S. 12th Street) is offering transportation at 8:30am - if transportation is not needed, attendees can meet fellow advocates at the NE corner Visitors' Entrance of City Hall at 9am. Participants will first offer letters and “worry dolls” to City Council members to express their concern with the current state of arts education. The advocates will then walk to the Governor’s Office, where members of the Jackson, Powel, and Youth Commission will speak after a student performance.

An initiative of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the Picasso Project offers arts education grants to public schools in Philadelphia and campaigns for government support of the arts.

To get more information and RSVP, contact Gretchen Walker, Picasso Project ( at 215-563-5848 x22 (cell: 617-792-6376). Se habla español. Celeste Thompson, Jackson School: 215-952-6223.



Our guest blogger: Emily Zauzmer, a rising freshman at Harvard, is passionate about the arts. Her experience in the arts includes serving in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Teen Advisory Group, running an art history blog (, writing theater reviews, and performing in musicals and at nursing homes. She penned an art history children's book titled Once Upon a Masterpiece to introduce underprivileged kids to art history, and she won a grant to donate copies of her book to the financially distressed Philadelphia School District and the Detroit Institute of Arts.